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[UK Ecommerce Advice Need] Regarding International shipping of physical goods from the UK

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by skywalker55, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. skywalker55

    skywalker55 Junior Member

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    Hey guys

    I'm just building an Ecommerce site for my partner and she has customers who want to buy her product from mainland europe and the US. I have sorted the site & payment processing so that she can accept payment in GBP, USD and Euro's.

    However I'm completely in the dark regarding the best approach for international shipping, customs, tax and so on.

    Any pointers, help or advice would be really appreciated.
     
  2. pbp1955

    pbp1955 Newbie

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    Tax varies from state to state, VAT varies from country to country. Your best bet is to talk to your shipping agent who will be able to advise you on how best to handle it for the states and of course there is always the VAT man who can help.
     
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  3. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Really depends on the value of the items being shipped. Shipping costs you can get a complete chart from royal mail or you could use an aggregate courier quote company like this http://www.transglobal.org.uk/Default.asp for larger or more valuable items.

    If the company is vat registered then it is another matter wheter they are selling inclusive of vat or plus vat.
     
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  4. skywalker55

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    Thanks for the link to the aggregator that looks a good way to go initially.

    Do you know if there is anyway of prepaying the customs taxes so that customer gets a landed price rather than risking them getting an invoice from customers when they recieve their delivery ?

    Also do you have any experience of using somekind of fulfillment company so we can store stock in the US and ship it from there ?

    Thanks in advance for advice
     
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    If the items are produced in the UK or have been imported into the UK duty paid then they are considered free circulation within the EEC. So there should be no extra tax to the end user in the EEC. when it comes to exporting to the US Im afraid Im not sure. I know they have a classification system for specific types of produce, called HTC. each state also has there own tax laws.

    If your customer is vat registered they are allowed to reclaim tax on exports that leave the EEC.
     
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  6. skywalker55

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    Thanks man really appreciate your advice. I have just been looking at these people. Expensive. But takes all the fulfillment hassle away and I can just connect to them via their api..

    http://www.shipwire.com/